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God’s Forgiveness

Holy Week

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Friday 14 April

An end! All the passion, all the love, all the incarnate love so vast. Done   to death by those who should have recognised Him simply by what he did. As you mark this Good Friday, the solemn waste of Jesus, Emmanuel and incarnate, recognise that very act that has become for you a part of God’s plan to nurture and save your very soul. Such potential spoiled by nails and thorns and beating rods and spear. Here is the heart of God’s forgiveness!

Question: What do I bring, in the silence of the very moment I read this question, what do I bring that the forgiveness of the cross can heal? Dare I leave it to die with Jesus on that cross?

 Prayer: As I listen to my own breath, help me to realise that Jesus died, His breathing ceased. His life was snuffed out by a desiring humanity who saw not God embodied in Jesus Christ. I pray for all who share Christ’s dying today, may they rest in peace.

 

Hobbled?

Monday 28 November

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I’m not particularly an equine fan, but I seem to pick up a lot of information  through the historical and fantasy books I read.

Horses were often ‘hobbled’ when away from stabling and the travellers were in open countryside.  Unlike picketing, that ties up horses in a line with  food and water readily available, hobbling allowed a  horse to move around slowly and so graze at leisure,
but without full freedom.

Next Sunday’s collect: ‘Lord, raise up, we pray,  your power and come among us……, through our sins we are grievously hindered in running the race….’  The image is that our very humanity is hobbled, hindered by sin. The prayer is for God’s influence in
our deficiencies.
Question: Where in my life do I need ‘bountiful                                                                              grace & mercy’ for ‘help & deliver(ance)’ .
Give me the grace at this time to offer you
those thing that I try to hide that often restrain
my humanity. May I have the will and the wit to
receive forgiveness and run free in your kingdom,
now and in the future. Amen.

Dissolving Forgiveness

Thursday 24 March

‘For some silence is refreshing, for others it is awkward and challenging.’ So began the introduction for a silent Eucharist. 

Each part of the service was hailed by a gong strike and ended with a silent action.

The confession was given time and space, the participants were asked to write (or leave blank) their confession on a piece of paper and place it in a bowl of water. The paper was a type that dissolved in water, so when at the bowl was stirred the confessions also dissappeared.

The significance for Maundy Thursday?

Failures.

Wednesday 24 February 

Our failures and dimmer moments can come all too often.
Others may not see us shrivel inside, but we will have times when what we do or think or say will diminish our very humanity.

Part of Jesus ministry, as pointed out by Robin Gamble in the Lenten book on offer at Huddersfield Parish Church as a resource, is that it only does he call us to repentance, but also reconciles our failures to God in forgiveness.

And in that moment God celebrates. 

In God’s eye we are, we are becoming,we shall be perfect in his grace

  Advent Calling?

Responding to God?

We heard of John the Baptist yesterday, sometimes seen as a prophet of the old order.

His calling is two fold. Turn to God and be prepared to be forgiven.

How often is the first heard but not the second.

To be forgiven is freeing – the bonds that crowd us in when we hold onto guilt and harm – when let go of because we are forgiven allow us to unlock  such potential.

Repent and be forgiven is not just about God, but also of neighbour.

If forgiven by a neighbour the potential is just as great. 

 A good (forgiving) neighbour?

  

Thoughts in Lent

God said, “Go to Nineveh!”  – so off Jonah went in the other direction. Yes, just as we often do too.

Yet, God didn’t stop after Jonah came out of the big fish – Jonah went to Nineveh!

Who better than Jonah to tell the people of the big city about God’s love for them, his willingness to save them if they’d turn from their selfish godless ways. Because that’s just what Jonah had experienced. He’d gone the opposite of God’s way, caused a load of trouble for himself and others, then got so miserable he realised that only God could put things right.

So he was the right guy to tell others about God’s forgiveness.

And who better than us to tell others of God’s love and forgiveness when we’ve blown it and then found that God is bigger than us after all. Yes, we hear God’s message of doom when we realise our mess. Then the way is open for forgiveness. Let’s respond!

Read the whole story of Jonah by clicking here.